Nursery & Landscape

Purpose 

The Nursery and Landscape CDE  tests students' skills in plant, disorder, and equipment identification; general plant and integrated pest management; and problem solving.

Superintendent/s:

Anne Streich
202 A Keim Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0915
402-472-1640
astreich2@unl.edu

Event Information

Teams:  

All teams must have four students.  Teams with less than four students will not be allowed to participate.  Top three individual scores will count toward the team total. 

Check-in begins 20 minutes prior to your start time. Students should not arrive any earlier than 20 minutes before their event as classes are in session. This is especially important for the first session.

The CDE consists of four areas: 

  • Identification
  • Design in a box
  • Landscape calculations
  • and general knowledge

Details about each are below:

Identification:  (100 points/ 50 samples/30 minutes). Students will identify plants, disorders, and landscape equipment.   

Design in the box:   (100 points/30 minutes).  Students will work as teams to develop a design that demonstrates design principles in a pop case box.  The sides of the box can either be considered the property edge or a fence, students will decide.  The landscape must be designed using relative scale, meaning a large shade tree should be quite a bit taller than a park bench.  Students should first develop a concept for the space and then design around that concept. 

During the oral presentation, students should provide a concept statement – keep it short, 10 or less words.  Students shouldn’t put specific names to plants, but rather discuss the purpose of each plant/groups of plants (environmental, functional, and aesthetic considerations) and any specific characteristics (color, form, texture, height, etc.) each plant/group of plants should have.  A stack of materials will be provided for every two teams.  No materials may be brought in.  Materials will be a combination of plant parts and various items you would find in your home.  At the end of the time, each team will present their design to one or more judges in two minutes or less.  The 4-H publications, Grow a Beautiful Space 1-3, will help guide student learning for this activity.

Landscape calculations:   (50 points/ 25 questions/30 minutes).   Students will complete calculations associated with fertilizer, seed, sod, flowers, pavers, pesticides, and other materials used in landscapes.

General knowledge:   (50 points/25 questions/30 minutes).  Questions will be written from the following UNL Extension publications in the References/Study Information section.

Link to National Rules:

 https://www.ffa.org/participate/cdes/nursery-landscape

Required Supplies

A stack of materials will be provided for every two teams.  No materials may be brought in.

Scoring

All teams must have four students.  Teams with less than four students will not be allowed to participate.  Top three individual scores will count toward the team total. 

Identification:  100 points

Design in the box:  100 points

Landscape calculations:   50 points

General knowledge:   50 points

Tiebreakers

Awards

References/Study Information

Identifying Landscape Plants

Classification and Naming of Plants

Integrated Pest Management for Landscapes

Plant Nutrients and Soil Fertility

Properties of Landscape Soils

Pesticide Safety in Landscapes

Nursery/Landscape Equipment, Pests, and Plants List pdf